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15 Successful Candidates Have Been Selected for NextGen@ICANN60

LOS ANGELES - 31 July 2017 - Fifteen individuals from various universities in the Asia-Pacific region have been selected to participate and engage with ICANN community members during ICANN60 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

These individuals are all currently engaged in studies that encompass the fields of computer science, technology management, law, and electrical engineering. Five additional selectees who attended a previous ICANN meeting as NextGenners will now serve as ambassadors for these newcomers.

Individuals were assessed by an independent selection committee after submitting an online application and meeting the initial program requirements.

The successful candidates were selected based on their current studies and interest in the work currently being done in the Internet ecosystem in relation to global policy and Internet governance.

The candidates selected to participate at ICANN60 include:

Ali Hussain University of Malaya
Ali Rahmanpour Iran University of Science and Technology
Ani Mkrtchyan Public Administration Academy Republic of Armenia
Anum Farooq Janjua National University of Sciences and Technology
Melchizedek Ibarrientos Alipio University of the Philippines Diliman
Benjz Gerard Magtibay Sevilla Ateneo de Manila University
Dong Gi Lee Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Francis Nwokelo University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Hamideh Shahrabi Farahani Shahid Beheshti University
Heather Catherine Costelloe Murdoch University, School of Law
Muhammad Adan Abid National University of Computer &Emerging Sciences
Padma Venkataraman National Law University, Delhi
Prateek Dewan Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology
Razoana Moslam Sydney Institute, Australia
Sophie Alice Hey University of Tasmania
Program Ambassador Jacqueline Anita Eggenschewiler ICANN58
Program Ambassador Matthias Markus Hudobnik ICANN58
Program Ambassador Mohammad Abdul Awal ICANN57
Program Ambassador Olga Kyryliuk ICANN58
Program Ambassador Oyewole Simon Oginni ICANN55

Click here for more information on the NextGen program.

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